“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”
1 Peter 2:2
When the angel of God appeared to Mary, telling her that she would give birth to a son, her response was: “How can these things be?” The angel in response took out time to explain everything to Mary.
When Zechariah received a similar message for his family, he also responded in a similar way. But the angel did not respond in the same way to Zechariah; that encounter left him mute.
There must have been several reasons for this. Zechariah had been praying for a child, Mary had not. Mary knew no man, Zechariah had been married for years.
However, another reason I believe that Zechariah’s response was seen as insubordination on the part of the angel, was the fact that Zechariah was a prophet. He ought to have known better.
He was familiar with the story of Abraham and Sarah, and how God gave them a child in their old age. This must have been why God handled him that way.
Many times in scripture, we see God deal with people based on their level of exposure to spiritual things.
The reason you attend church is so you can grow in knowledge; it doesn’t add up if you’ve been in church for years and still are not established in some basic truths.
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
There are some questions non-church members would ask me, and I won’t mind at all. But if I hear such questions from a church member or worker, I’d be very concerned, because they ought to know some fundamental things if they’ve been paying attention in church.
Church is a spiritual school. Our gathering together in fellowship should be effectual in helping us understand our inheritance in Christ. We don’t just go to church to mark attendance; there should be obvious, considerable progress, and joy in the faith.
Ephesians 4:11-14 reveals to us how we ought to mature in the faith through the agency of ministry gifts in the local church.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
When Jesus was arrested and Peter tried to hide himself, he couldn’t. Even a slave girl pointed him out saying: “Your speech betrays you.”
If you are not growing, it’s either of two things; you’re doing something wrong, or you’re attending the wrong church.